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How can I make that fruit ripen? Do all fruit ripen once cut off from their tree?

Part of the success on the 811rv diet depends on one's fruit ripening skills. It would be great to have this group share links and info about fruit ripening techniques and any kind of advice to choose ripe fruits, etc.

What triggered me into creating this group is that a couple weeks ago I discovered that tomatoes could go from green to red, from acid to sweet, just by themselves, after having been already picked! I did not trust the friend of mine who indicated this to me so I bought some green tomatoes, left them on my kitchen counter for a week and to my surprise they turned red and were so sweet and delicious. I had always thought tomatoes could only ripen before being picked.

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Help ripening green bananas

Started by Ryan Menzies. Last reply by Ryan Menzies Dec 4, 2011. 4 Replies

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Comment by Kyle Christian on December 8, 2013 at 2:49pm

I've recently discovered how to ripen a hichayu persimmon overnight. They sell them hard as rocks in most food stores so if you happen to have a strong desire for a good persimmon, get one. Place it in your freezer overnight or for as many hours possible, they longer they freeze when less ripe the more ripe they get and simply remove from freezer and let it/them thaw out. I have no idea why it works but I've done it on multiple occasions now and never lets me down. :)

Comment by Francesca on April 21, 2012 at 12:51pm

Fruits, when ripening, naturally give off ethylene gas, which is the same gas deliberately used by food companies to ripen fruit. Tropical fruits ripen especially fast when in their proper climate. But if you place a tropical fruit in a bag (be it plastic or paper) and add another fruit, that other fruit will ripen faster. This is because the ethylene gas becomes trapped in the bag and the other fruit is exposed to it. If you put a ripe, even near-ripe, banana in a bag with, let's say, some pears you want to ripen quickly, those pears will ripen in no time! Ethylene gas is a naturally occuring gas. There's nothing wrong with it. It is its commercial, excessive use that is a problem, allowing them to pick fruit too early and "artificially" ripening it for sale.

Comment by Nash4343 on April 11, 2012 at 6:09am

I have actually put unrip tomatoes in a brown paper bag and put them in a cupboard and they have come out red and very tasty. Anyone know if this is not a good way to do that?

Comment by Stephanie McClennon on March 2, 2012 at 3:14pm

it's not the same, and all fruits ripen on the counter/in a box/off the plant by fermentation EXCEPT for the glorious banana. tree ripened fruit is best, but if it's not available to you for whatever reason, then counter/box ripened fruit is also good. it's like how organic, local, tree-ripened in-season fruit is best, but conventional fruit is also good, and better for you than cooked grains/complex carbs, even if those complex carbs are organic, though complex carbs are better than cheese (which is not an option if you're on this forum, but i'm just saying. maybe let's pretend it's some glorious vegan cheese like daiya. i'd say sweet potatoes are better for you than daiya) and so on and so forth. basically i think you should approach health with a good better best mentality. best would be organic tree-ripened local in-season fruit in this case. better would be organic store-bought counter-ripened fruit. good would be conventional counter-ripened fruit. get it?

Comment by Michel on August 27, 2010 at 3:47pm
An interesting read - I did not know that most tomatoes were ripened with ethylene... and I know understand why "vine-ripened" tomatoes are more expensive... and more tasty!

Genetically engineered foods are mostly plant products (such as corn, soybeans, and potatoes) but the field of genetic alteration has expanded to contain animals and bacteria. Although the spectrum is enormous, the tomato is nothing ordinary. In fact, it has its own part in the history of biotechnology. In 1994, the Flavr Savr tomato (tomato puree) was introduced as the first commercially grown genetically modified product to be licensed for human consumption. [Note: Licenses in the United States must be permitted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval before the product can enter the public market.

Originally, tomatoes are picked premature and then artificially ripened by using ethylene gas. By isolating a certain gene, scientists planned to design a tomato that allowed them to be picked without compromising their shelf-life. Although some desired results were not accomplished, the Flavr Savr is an important milestone for the field of genetic modification. In fact, your average smooth, round tomato you find at your local produce store is a product of genetic modification.
Comment by Molly on August 12, 2010 at 3:41pm
haha ya I love that! and you're welcome :)
Comment by Liam G on August 12, 2010 at 3:05pm
Comment by Liam G on August 12, 2010 at 3:04pm
Good old trusty bananas

Fruit That Ripens in Every Way After Harvest:
Comment by Molly on August 12, 2010 at 2:44pm
Hey Liam - I usually reference this link, but I haven't ever tried verifying that what it claims is true. You've been warned. But I hope it helps!
Comment by Michel on August 11, 2010 at 2:45pm
I don't have any link handy... Would be good to have one I agree!

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